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Water Use Restrictions

Our drinking water supply is at risk due to prolonged dry weather. Effective immediately and until further notice, the SCRD has declared Stage 3 outdoor water use restrictions for SCRD water users south of Pender Harbour. Here is the news release.

In the Town of Gibsons, only Zone 3 will declare Stage 3 outdoor water use restrictions. For more details on the Town of Gibsons watering restrictions, visit

Ground water sources in Langdale, Soames Point and Granthams Landing will follow Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Restrictions.

Customers on SCRD water from Pender Harbour to Earl’s Cove/Egmont will remain at Stage 1 until further notice.

CLICK HERE to find out what restrictions are in place for each of the stages.

CLICK the image below to launch our water use restrictions application:

The restrictions are part of the region's efforts to conserve water during drought-prone summer months as guided by the region's Drought Management Plan. Stages may be called at different times in different communities.

These frequently asked questions and answers pertain to Outdoor Water Use Restrictions.


Every week, we update the community on water use and how close we are to meeting our target. The target helps us set a goal to prolong the available water supply.


Do you have an irrigation system? Please update your controls to the new times for your address. Rain sensors are required on all systems to prevent watering in the rain.

The time for establishing new lawns is spring. Permits for extra watering of a new lawn are sold during Stage 1 (Normal) outdoor water use restrictions. Permits are available for one-time only, for 21 days, at the Field Road office of the SCRD for $50. Permits allow for sprinkling seven days a week during normal sprinkling times.

EXEMPTIONS: Micro and drip irrigation systems are water conserving technologies that are exempt from Water Use Restrictions until Stage 4. Micro and drip irrigation systems are those which consume less than 20 gallons per hour and operate at 25 psi or less.

If you have a concern about water conservation or sprinkling, please call 604-885-6806 or use our online Feedback Form.

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